Target: Greg Taylor, Anderson County Sherriff
Goal: Stop neglecting animal cruelty cases after abandoned dog used as “bait” was found and rescued.
An abused pit bull was recently found in a Texas county with a known history of animal abuse cases. Most notable was the story of a puppy named Remi who had to be euthanized due to injuries from being set on fire. Recently, Southwest Hills Veterinary Clinic found a pit bull, whom they later named Miracle, on the side of the road in Anderson County. Due to her injuries, it was obvious she had been used as a bait dog.
Bait dogs are typically small or weak dogs who are not aggressive and are tied up and muzzled while other dogs attack them in order to prepare for a fight. When they found Miracle, she was half the weight she was supposed to be and on top of other injuries, needed surgery for a wounded foot. The local humane society has said they don’t see many dogs come through with these signs, but that could be because most bait dogs don’t survive. More needs to be done to investigate Anderson County for dog fight rings and save sweet dogs like Miracle from abuse.
Luckily, Miracle’s story is a happy one. She has recovered, is very loving, and is ready to be adopted–but her abusers are still at large, and there are other cases plaguing the county. While suspects have been arrested after Remi the puppy was found, the case remains unsolved. Residents have reported livestock starving in their pens and yards overrun with cats.
Texas law protects animals by taking them from their owners and criminalizing those who neglect their animals, force them to fight, or otherwise harm them in anyway. Anderson County residents do not feel their sheriff’s department is doing enough. Attain justice for dogs like Miracle by demanding that Anderson County work harder to investigate cases of animal abuse, especially dog fight rings.
Dear Sheriff Taylor,
The recent cases of animal abuse in Anderson County are building a reputation for your jurisdiction as an unsafe place for animals. Pets and livestock are reportedly neglected and overcrowded while law enforcement does little to help.
Dogs, most recently Miracle, who was severely underweight and injured when she was found on the side of the road, are obviously being used as bait dogs for fighting rings in your county. While there have not been a plethora of cases, you must realize that most bait dogs don’t survive and that the few that have been found in Anderson County are clues to a dog fight operation.
Texas law protects these animals from their abusers. We urge you to find those responsible for these crimes and use the law to attain justice for animals like Miracle and Remi. Dog fighting is a severe abuse of animal rights, and it must be stopped. We ask that you increase your animal control efforts to let Anderson County and Texas know that you won’t put up with the abuse.
[Your Name Here]
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